History of Art

Ars et Fides (Florentine Churches)- Spring Only

Ars et Fides is a volunteer organization which offers free guided tours of some of  the most important Florentine churches. The aim is to provide tourists with a deeper understanding of the religious and conceptual background of the church’s history in addition to its artistic and architectural importance. The intern may give tours of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo), Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella or San Lorenzo. He/she must be available to work on a regular basis from 10:30-12:00 a.m. or 3:00-5:00 p.m. twice a week. All information necessary to conduct the tours in English is provided by the organization.
Language requisites: None.

Biblioteca degli Uffizi

The Biblioteca degli Uffizi is a prestigious research library that focuses on works of art exhibited in state museums in Florence, including the adjacent Uffizi Gallery. The intern works on projects such as preparing auction-house catalogues and verifying data in the library’s on-line catalogue. Good organizational skills and some background in art history are required.
Language requisites: None

Fiesole Musei

For this internship students will work in the nearby town of Fiesole in the town’s archealogical area, which holds the most important Roman amphitheater in or around Florence, and/or in the adjacent Museo Archeologico helping staff and curators develop informational material or giving guided tours in English.
Language requirement: Basic to intermediate.


Frittelli Art Gallery

The Frittelli Art Gallery is one of the most important galleries of contemporary art in Florence. The gallery has recently been renovated to include more space for solo exhibitions, new rooms for private collections and a multimedia auditorium for conferences. Interns may assist the gallery owners with setting up exhibits, promoting the gallery to the general public, and managing correspondence between gallery owners and artists who have participated in past exhibitions. Recommended for students of studio art and art history.
Language requisites: Beginner to Intermediate Italian


Museo Bellini

The private collection of antiques purchased over centuries by the historic Florentine Bellini family is now on display in the family palace. Interns have the unique opportunity of working among paintings, sculptures and other collectibles that span the 14th to the 18th centuries. Work includes cataloguing and filing old photographs of works of art and/or organizing and preparing small group visits to the collection. Recommended for students of art history.
Language requisites: Italian is not required. Knowledge of another foreign language is helpful.

Museo dei Ragazzi

The Associazione Museo dei Ragazzi offers guided tours of the secret passages and optical illusion rooms of Palazzo Vecchio to tourists and visitors. In the early part of the internship the intern receives training to give the tours and then in the second phase conducts the tours. The intern must be able to dedicate at least 10 hours a week, therefore the internship is only available for a minimum of 2 credits (90 hours for the semester). Recommended for students of history and art history.
Language requisites: None.


Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore

The Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore (or Opera del Duomo), is the institution in charge of preserving and enhancing the monuments comprising the Great Museum of the Duomo: the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with Brunelleschi’s Dome and the crypt of Santa Reparata, the Baptistry of San Giovanni, Giotto’s bell tower and the Historical Museum. Interns will study the artistic patrimony of the monumental coplex of the Piazza del Duomo and will deliver tours in English of the main buidilngs as well as of the highlights of the Museum.
Language requisites: None

Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Villa I Tatti)

Villa I Tatti is one of the most prestigious Renaissance art history libraries in the world and houses the private art collection of its former owner Bernard Berenson. The intern works in the slide/photo library helping to organize and update the library’s extensive collection and is exposed to one of the city’s most important centers of international culture. Precision and good organizational skills are required.

Language requisites: None